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obama was covering up evidence evidence -- information in the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans dead. the other problematic story is about the irs. we learned about an effort to target and even harass conservative groups for being conservative. let's start with benghazi and here is what the president claims he said about the attack. >> the day after it happened i acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. what i pledged to the american people was we would find out what happened, we would make sure it did not happen again and we would make sure we held accountable those who perpetrated this terrible crime. >> mr. president, you didn't call it terror from the get go. remember when you said this? we do. >> here is what happened. you had a video released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character, who is extremely offensive video directed at mohamed and islam. we had nothing to do with the video. we find it uh ifen sigh. offensive. it is not representative of america's views. >> i heard hillary clinton say it is an act of terrorism. what do you say? >> we
barack obama has joined a chorus of strong critics against this move. >> if in fact internal revenue service personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that is outrageous. >> the matter is being investigated by the controlled senate and the republican controlled house of representatives. >>> president barack obama made his statement with the white house administrator dave cameron about the conflict in syria. the u.s. will provide $100 million in aid for humanitarian relief. president barack obama reviewed the group of 8 summit taking place next month in northern ireland. >>> a weekend of planning came -- planting came to an abrupt end after a controversial piece of land was talked about. here is new video of what has been happening since we first brought you this story on mornings on 2, good afternoon brian. >> reporter: there were 30uc berkeley police officers and many activists, and they left about 45 minutes ago and the activists want this area for urban farming even though it is already slated f
laws. michelle bachmannis fighting back. congresswoman, the irs admitted to targeting conservative groups in deciding if they get nonprofit status, the same group is charged with implementing and charging and put nothing obama care. should we trust them to do it in a fair and balanced way? >> already the irs is a foreed federal agency and they made their lives worse, they understand that the american people catching on. they are set to enforce obama care f all americans. no one will escape the bony grip of the irs. i am the author of the bill it repeal obama care, tat is an important bill and got through e house of representatives and i am chair of the tea party caucus. it was not only the tea party targeted b the obama administration through the irs, it was also christians and those who support israel and aspect- debt can conservatives and tea partiers. and this is an instance where political oppons of the administration are punished and the alloys of the administration were begin award and fast tracked. we should be worried. now a now national database is about to be created that
, final question for you. i'm trying to convince conservative americans who think i'm soft on obama or, you know, all of that business. that by saying the a.p. story is a scandal before you know anything about it, hurts the cause of legitimate investigations into the obama administration. do you buy that? >> i think you are on to a good point. but i think the a.p. example is not a good one. because i do think that is a scandal. but the point you are making is that there are people on the left who will not acknowledge that benghazi is a big story. and there are people on the right who, if barack obama came up with a cure for cancer, wouldn't give him credit for it and, by the way. i mean that literally. so, we're not dealing with journalism. we're not even dealing in this day and age with honest opinion. we're dealing with raw partisanship and that's not good for the people out there. >> bill: it helps poom because he could just throw it out. >> it does. it does. >> bill: it's all political. it's the fox news people. they don't like me so whatever they say doesn't matter. >> right. the
>>. >> lou: hello everybody, thanks for being with us. president obama and his staff defending his administration against three separate controversies and scandals that have forced the president to pivot from his presidentiil legacy. the benghazi cover-up and irs targeting conservatives and the justice department's extraordinary seizure of phone records of a.p. reporters. as a result. white house officials are spending their time doing damage control instead of working on the president's second term agenda. while the president said he wants to pass an immigration bill before the summer but infighting of the costs over the gang of eight immigration plan and, of course, on the president's side, the scandals look as though they may well thwart his aspirations. heritage foundation is allowing 11 illegal immigrants a pathway would cost over $6 trillion. conservative economists, however are taking the heritage foundation on and arguing with the report saying it doesn't take into account the economic benefits of immigration reform. today, we're bringing you both sides of that debate. we'l
, will the facts matter at all to them? we'll find out. >> obama administration has an enemies' list, conservatives under attack by the irs. jenny the cofounder of the tea jenny the cofounder of the tea party patriots joins us n all stations come over to mission a for a final go. this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. rify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leadg companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. >>. >> lou: one of those targeteby the irs, she claims the irs has lied and now demanding to know how high the cover-up goes. joining us is the cofounder of tea party patriots, jenny beth martin. good to have you. you are going to be at the hearing to done by dave camp this friday investigating the internal revenue service's political targeting. were i aware, did you suspect that this is what the irs was doing to you and your organization? >> yeah, we suspected it for well over a year. thank you for having me on. in 2012 at the beginning
. targeting americans because of their political belief. a top government watch dog revealing that the obama administration was award of the allegations and the irs targeting conservative groups with tea party and 9- 12 and patriot in their name. >> new questions about what the white house anyhow and when. >> mitt romny is throwing his voice in the mix. what would you do with more than $600 million. in minutes, the power ball frenzy sweeping the nation and your chances of taking home huge amount of cash. >> and after a long time hoping to reunite with a dog, the u.s. marine gets the surprise of his life. >> i'm harris faulkner. politically conservative groups targeted bite irs. how far up did it go? it is important for americans to know if the part of government in collecting taxes is discriminating for beliefs. who allowed this to happen. the treasury inspector told top officials about the investigation in june 2012. it is right in the height of the presidential campaign. the irs admitted using tea party and patriot to look at groups for extra skrutine. some of those groups are gearing up t
not mention the controversy. numerous questions asked by members of congress about going after conservative groups. the irs didn't reveal it until an apology on a conference call on friday. shep. >> shepard: president obama says if true the actions against the irs -- or accusations i should say are outrageous. at a news conference today the president said he wants to wait for the result of the official investigation but he is promising to hold accountable anybody involved. team fox coverage continues. wemgdz goler live at the white house tonight. wedged? >> shep, the president's response to the allegations against the irs was as tough as that of some of his critics. i he may be hoping tough talk in the irs's independence might keep extra scrutiny of tea party groups from becoming a political issue for him though that's probably uneickly quite frankly. mr. obama says the irs has to have absolute integrity and people have to believe it applies to the laws in a nonpartisan way. evidence noted the investigation is really just getting started. >> so we will wait and see what exactly all the deta
, to the other controversy in washington. the irs and its targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. monday, president obama echoed outrage from congressional republicans, calling the agency's actions an abuse of power. and now, house lawmakers have scheduled hears over the issue for later this week. tracie potts joins us live from washington with more. >> reporter: good morning. timing is critical here. this happened leading up to the 2012 election, which is why some of the groups insist it was politically-motivated. a draft report from the inspector general for tax administration says low-level irs employees in cincinnati singled out some 300 conservative groups, identifying themselves as patriots or tea party. >> politically motivated. plain and simple. >> this is not republican. it's not democrat. it's wrong to do. >> reporter: the president agreed. >> i've got no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> i don't frankly trust the administration to do its own investigation. to have legitimacy, congress needs to condu
general report revealed the i.r.s. has been targeting the tax-exempt status of tea party and conservative-leaning groups, forcing president obama to confront both charges head-on. >> obama: who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days? the fact that this keeps on getting churned out frankly has a lot to do with political motivations. if you've got the i.r.s. operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way then that is outrageous. it is contrary to our traditions. and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> john: because we a all know the i.r.s. has always operated in a nonpartisan way. however, just when it seemed the president had begun to put the scandals back in the bag it emerginged that the department of justice had secretly obtained phone records from "the associated press." while perfectly and abhorrently legal, it forced attorney general eric holder to confront the charges in a news conference of his own. >> this was a very serious -- very serious leak. very, very serious leak. it put the american people at r
. >> mr. obama's answer, or nonanswer, take your pick, to a bloomberg news reporter's question about who at the white house knew and when did they know about the irs targeting and interrogating conservative groups who wanted tax exempt status. one of the three scandals getting media attention this week. the coverage has been decidedly mixed. the "washington post" reacted with this: so it was appalling to learn friday that the irs had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. it was almost as disturbing, that president obama and treasury secretary jack lew have not personally apologized to the american people and promised a full investigation. compare that with this from the "new york times": irs focus on conservatives gives gop an issue to seize on. apparently to the times, jim, it's all about the politics [ laughter ] right. look, this story is moving so quickly that just on friday they were having hearings on this and so it's almost impossible to keep up with the number of revelations about this. it does appear, though, that there is a pattern here when the white house sa
conservative groups has another job and one that could impact every american. she is in charge with handling the irs's implementation of obama care. >> democrats said there is no evidence that sarah ingram knew groups were targeted by the irs. but conservative groups said show was the head of the part of the agency and now sounding the alarm. this is how ingram's sal row increased and the bonuses she received when show took over the tax exemption business in two whwhere are 09. they are questioning now why she will make decisions about obama care. >> if we learned anything this week theires needs less power and not more. it turns out the irs official that oversaw the part is now in charge of obama care office. you kent make this stuff up. >> democrats said joseph graham didn't find out until six months after ingram was a signed to the different division. >> you are satisfied with miss ingram in charge of the irs responsibilities? >> i heard show has a high degree of professionalism and not in a position of responsibility over the actions. >> the outgoing irs acting commissioner stephen mille
on charges of the irs inappropriately took aim at conservative groups including the tea party. tonight l allen has information on some california groups that were also targeted. >> president obama promised to get to the bottom of a scandal in which the irs admitted to singling out conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. groups with the name of tea party or patriots had the application delayed through tedious question air. >> that is outrageous. it is contrary to our tradition. and people have to be held accountable and it has to be fixed. >> the irs targeting was limited to its cincinnati branch but tonight the "washington post"is reporting irs offices in el monte and laguna niguel gel, california also singled out conservative groups exploratorium tea party that has 1800 members spread across the bay area says it does not know of any conservative groups out here that are being scrutinized. they say this behavior is reminiscent of mccarty. >> i don't know what the administration is about. they don't semi-like they are about the truth. not transparent at all. >> the tea party s
. >> congressional hearing later this week will focus on charges of the irs inappropriately took aim at conservative groups including the tea party. tonight l allen has information on some california groups that were also targeted. >> president obama promised to get to the bottom of a scandal in which the irs admitted to singling out conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. groups with the name of tea party or patriots had the application delayed through tedious question air. >> that is outrageous. it is contrary to our tradition. and people have to be held accountable has to be fixed. >> the irs targeting was limited to its cincinnati "washington post"is reporting irs offices in el monte and laguna niguel gel, california also singled out conservative groups exploratorium tea party that has 1800 members spread across the bay area says it does not know of any conservative groups out here that are being scrutinized. they say this behavior is reminiscent of mccarty. >> i don't know what the administration is about. they don't semi-like they are about the truth. not transparent at all. >> the
of conservative groups. and as the obama administration faces increased pressure over benghazi. peter doocy begins our coverage this hour from the white house. peter, did the department of justice give the associated pros any kinds of head's up they would be collecting so many phone records over two months? >> reporter: no, gregg. the ap says they had no idea that the justice department pulled these telephone toll records from more than 20 different lines until friday when they got a letter from the u.s. attorney's office that said two full months of 2012 records were secretly obtained for journalists home phones and cell phones as well as for lines at ap bureaus in d.c., new york, hartford, connecticut, and the house of representatives. now the u.s. attorney's office here in washington is saying when it comes to pulling phone records, quote, we must notify the media organization in advance unless doing so would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation but the ap says they still haven't received a reason for sure why the doj needed so many records. >> this is not a very narr
benghazi in the days after the attack. on sunday senator john mccain accused the obama administration of taking part in a coverup. >>> the internal revenue service is being accused of playing politics. the agency is accused of singling out conservative single groups applying for exempt status, and there are calls for president obama to address the issue. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. good morning, susan. >> good morning, vinita. the irs admits that the workers there used key word os to try to ferret out conservative groups and then target them for scrutiny. the head of the division apologized on friday and on sunday the republicans hit the morning talk shows to express their outrage. republicans are called on president obama to apologize for the actions of the internal revenue service. the agency admits to using extra scrutiny with certain political groups during the 2012 election. >> the president needs to make it crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in america. he points out that the irs is an independent agency. the irs apologized for unfairly targetin
was singling out conservative groups for extra review. >> president obama mentioned this controversy right before the start of his meeting with the visiting british prime minister. as we mentioned, david cameron sitting down with him. here's what he had to say just a few moments ago. >> as mepgsd, the president and prime minister cameron are expected to speak live with reporters and take questions. all of it to get under way in a few moments. our teams are scrambling. that will be live. we will bring it to you as soon as they begin actually speaking. in the meantime, again, other major news, detroit, a city that is dysfunctional and wasteful, those are kwoerkts after years of mismanagement and corruption, a very bleak assessment coming from the city's emergency managener a report on his his first 45 days in office. that report is due out today. his name is kevin orr. his report says that city will finish its current budget year with a $162 million cash flow shortfall. details on how orr plans to steer that major city out of itsful crisis, expected to come in months to come. >>> also mother
is out following a scandal on the agency. president obama said the conduct that targeted conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny was, quote, inexcusable. >> i will not toll race this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the irs given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. >> more on this unfolding story from john harwood and politico's ben white in just a knew minutes pb but fist, cisco posting better-than-expected earnings on current quarter revenue. ceo john chamber says his company is seeing good signs in the united states and other parts of the world are, quote, encouraging. shares rising
. president barack obama had no problem asking the internal revenue service to step down after targeting conservative groups. and republicans are not about to let it go. tea party groups will be with lawmakers in about 20 minutes and they are expected to call on the obama administration to do more in the wake of the internal revenue service scandal. the woman who targeted the tea party is still in her same position and the fbi is investigating whether or not any laws were broken and the internal revenue service has a long reach and they are in charge of implementing the healthcare law something republicans are trying to repeal. they will detail their calls for action when i see you next. now turkey is reportedly going to ask americans to take in large numbers of syrian refugees. there could be a million syrian refugees by the end of the year and officials say it may be too soon to talk about relocating refugees because many of them hope to return home if the conflict ends. >>> many have been killed in a suicide bombing in kabul and afghanistan. nine afghan people have died and somebody d
certain conservative groups. this morning, reports that i.r.s. offices in california were also involved. we have reaction from the tea party members in san francisco. >> president obama promised to get to the bottom of a scandal which the i.r.s. add minoritied to singling out conservative groups seeking tax exemption status with the name of tea party or patriots have their applications delayed through questionnaires the thank you is outrageous. it is contrary to our tradition. people have to be held accountable. it has to be fixed. >> the i.r.s. says the targeting was limited to the cincinnati branch but the "washington post" is reporting i.r.s. offices in california, as well, singled out conservative groups. the san francisco tea party with 1,hull members across the bay area says it does not necessity of any conservative groups that are being scrutinized but they say this behavior is reminiscent of mccarthy administration. >> i don't know what the administration is about. they are not transparent. >> steve camp of the san francisco family says it is worrisome the government is targetin
is going to resign. my question is, who is going to jail over this scandal? >> president obama promised new oversight and coordination with congress to investigate targeting of conservative groups. >> i've reviewed the treasury department watchdog's report and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i'm angry about it. >> the department of justice is looking into whether the irs violated any civil rights there. now to benghazi. newly released white house emails provided glimpse how the obama administration handled the talking points after the benghazi terror attacks. the 99 pages of emails between the white house, state department and cia detail the debate over what to disclose in the points. the ones u.n. ambassador susan rice used the following sunday on multiple morning news shows. an e-mail from then cia director david petraeus reveals some of his hesitations. petraeus writes quote, no mention of the cable to cairo either? frankly, i'd just as soon not use them. this concern after his deputy scratched out mention
created those guidelines to target conservatives. >>> what's expected when president obama holds a press conference in just two hours when i see you next. ktvu channel 2 news. >> and we will stream the president's news conference on our web site and on our mobile app. you can visit our web site for the latest developments on the irs scandal throughout the day. >> the push by facebook to expand the number of visas for foreign workers may stall an immigration reform bill. the senate judiciary committee may started to. ads from a lobbying group could threaten the bipartisan deal on immigration. those ads angered many democrats and environmentalists. it praised republican law makers who support the key stone pipeline. >>> the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff is responding to the army sex scandal at fort hood texas. a soldier in charge of preventing sexual assault is accused of forcing one subordinate into prostitution and sexually assaulting two others. joint chief's chairman says this sex scandal and others may be connected to the strings of war. he's also concerned this growi
tonight. >>> the president also joined a chorus of lawmakers denouncing the irs for targeting conservative political groups. mr. obama called the profiling outrageous. he told reporters that he didn't know until last friday that the irs targeted tea party groups for two years at the agency's center in cincinnati. the irs admits the agents focused on groups with tea party in their name. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> all right, well, you heard there the president coming out with that critiqontribut critiq but its unclear why the irs would even take this approach. >> here's sam brock with the story. >> a lot of peop >> -- the president came out yesterday condemning -- no one thinks this is a good idea. the reality check is what exactly can you learn from the name of a social welfare group which is what they were trying to do, allegedly. according to the irs 2012 data, there's about 93,000 of these social network
. president obama now admitting the irs targeted conservative groups. just moments ago the president issuing a statement saying he has just reviewed the treasury department watchdog report and he finds the findings intolerable and inexcusable. president obama also saying those responsible will be held accountable. we will have much more on the breaking news in a minute. but first. >> the irs is the collection agency of the status. >> clearly we've only started to scratch the surface of this scandal. >> the irs is the collection agency of socialism. >> can you see categorically nobody at the white house and nobody on the president's political team had any knowledge or was involved in any way in the targeting of tea party groups by the irs? >> yes. >> this is going to hit a nerve with increasing numbers of people in the public because this is something people can identify with. people understands this. >> if there was specific deliberate targeting of conservative groups or any groups inappropriately, he would be outraged. >> there's no single agency in government that has the power that the ir
report. >>reporter: conservative aren't buying obama objective is to eliminate all opposition. >> if this isn't a gathering of an enemy list, i don't know what is. >>reporter: all this comes at white house that takes pride in being scandal free has been hammered bay series of controversy. >> president obama what went wrong in benghazi. this seams like genuine scandal. scandal. >>reporter: latest revelation justice department obtained 2 month of telephone records of reporter at the associated press as part of leak investigation. according to the irs watch dog none of the officials that were involved in doing the targeting say they were under orders to do it by anybody outside of the irs. but now those with are responsible could face criminal charges most serious of which would be conspiring to violate the constitutional right of their political opponent. the maximum penalty for that is 10 years in prison. jonathon kar karl, abc news the white house. >> mean time bay area radio personality says she may have been one of those tea party supporters targeted by the internal r
that the irs was targeting conservative groups? it's kind of an important question. did anybody know at the white house that the irs was targeting conserve conservative groups? we need an answer, the way president obama is answering is raising new questions. >>> devastation in reports of northern texas. deadly tornadoes destroyed homes and right now there are big fears that people may still be trapped under tons of debris. we have live breaking news coverage. coming up next on "studio b." >>> breaking today, another controversy for the obama administration. this one concerning national security. the justice department's office of the inspector general released a report, and that report indicates that the witness security program was unable to locate a number of known or suspected terrorist. the spin spector general's office is responsible for keeping tab on thity department but now the justice department is pushing back, claim nothing one is missing. no threat to the public at all. at this point, the details are quite sketchy. either way this news comes in the midst of a bad week for
growing scandals rocking the obama administration. benghazi, the irs targeting conservatives and other groups, and now the justice department's seizure of phone records from the "associated press." so much going on, and while we still don't know all of the facts, what could the ultimate political fallout be for the white house? joe trippi is former campaign manager for howard dean, also a fox news contributor. so if you were advising this white house, joe, what would you tell them to do? >> jon, look they can't be happy that they are talking about -- that this is what they are spending all their time talking about this week. particularly the irs, and this new ap report, where they are getting, you know, bi-partisan support for looking into them. although, frankly, with the irs it's not clear to me at all that they could -- it really is an independent agency with only two political appointees from the obama administration in it, so i think we need to wait and see where these two -- where those two investigations go, because it's far too early with the internal revenue service and the ap
of conservative groups. pressure mounting on the white house to act. connell: bernanke showing us the exit. new details on the feds plan to stop pumping money into the economy. dagen: president obama hosting britain's prime minister. we will take you there live. connell: k.t. mcfarland is just back from china where she retraced the steps of president nixon's visits. that is just ahead on markets now. ♪ connell: we will be all over this irs story. connell: we cannot forget that she is the tax reporter for years. nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. nicole: we of gains. we have retail sales numbers that are better than expected. you are seeing a little bit of a pullback. the dow jones industrials down about 36 points right now. the tech heavy nasdaq is virtually flat right now. when you look at the dow jones industrial component, and intel and alcoa are the top. toyota motor, netflix, tesla are doing the best. some of these names are up over 100% this year. back to you. dagen: thank you so much, local. connell: new details from this irs story. dagen: rich edson is in washington, d.
division during the alleged targeting of conservative groups is one of the people in charge of implementing obama care which is sparking controversy of its own. >> democrats say there is not any evidence that sarah hall ingram knew that conservative groups were being targeted by the i.r.s. but republicans say she was the head of the whole tax exempt division of the tax agency and sounding the alarm she's heading up the i.r.s.' division of implementing obama care. >> given she just went from literally running the division while this whole fiasco was going on, now she's going to run the obama care enforcement division. it's scary. >> but joseph grant, her successor, didn't know about the targeting until after six months when ingram was tied to the i.r.s. scandal. >> i have heard that -- i don't know had her personally, but i have heard that she has a high degree of professionalism and not in a position of responsibility over these actions. >> the outgoing i.r.s. acting commissioner, steven miller, pushed out because of the scandal called ingram a, quote, suburb civil service. >> a new federal
to blocking conservative groups. that same woman just got a promotion from the obama administration. she is now in charge of administering obamacare. translation, we couldn't trust you of handling our money so we're going to make you in charge of handling health issues. this could be deadly. >> i want to have a life like this $103,000 and a bonus. where can i sign up for this. do a bad job, target americans and then you get a reward. you get to run obamacare and you get money extra for it. this is about as absurd as susan rice becoming the head of national security advisor? [ laughter ] >> eric: show he biased against conservatives prove to me they won't do the same thing in obamacare. >> bob: i would be surprised if this woman has the job later on. if i were in a position to do so given the story and given the fact she was overseeing this issue it would raise so many questions about obamacare it's probably better to put other someplace else. >> eric: someplace else or let her go. good for you. >> dana: i don't think it's about her personally but institution the irs will not be trusted t
and when conservatives treated hillary clinton the way they now treat obama. it is a story that begins in 1992. republican party controlled the white house for 12 years. two terms of reagan and one of bush sr. that 12 year run was in grave danger. economy was in rough shape. bush's approval rating was sinking. bill clinton was ahead in polls. republicans for four days at their convention bashed clinton. it's what parties do at conventions. except then went further. it wasn't just bill clinton they attacked or his running mate or his party they also attacked his wife. >> what does hilary believe? well hilary believes that 12-year-olds should have the right to sue their parents. and hilary has compared marriage and the family as institutions to slavery and life on an indian reservation. this, my friends, this is radical feminism. >> this was a major republican theme in 1992. hillary clinton as the radical anti-family feminist lawyer and kept up after bill clinton won the election for most of the 1990s hard to tell which clinton the right despised more. sometimes it was bill like when nor
to what i said before. this is for the obama administration extremely damaging. because it feeds this conservative idea that government is to blame. the government is corrupt. that they're directing government in a way to personally target republicans. and republicans feel that they don't think it is in any sense playing and there is no type of deal to be made on immigration, the debt. they think the system is rigged. fascinating to see howett plays out. >> as you point out at the time the irs commissioner was a bush appointee. so his term ended in november for those who believe it is all one-sided there. greatly appreciate it. now let me bring in elijah cummings, the ranking democrat on the oversight and government reform committee. thank you for your time. i want to talk to you about benghazi but i want your thoughts on this irs situation. the president said if these things took place. we know the agency has apologized and they are not disputing this information coming from the report. i'm not sure if it is an if scenario as much as, we know it did happen. what needs to happen
and also secretary clinton has made it this is all politics. all being driven by conservatives and right winger who's want to hurt obama and they want to hurt clinton. >> bill, they have been staying that for months every time they are criticized by subon the right. look what's happened now. a wide variety of people including you quoting tom brokaw saying the white house has no more credibility on the issue. we should not be afraid of the white house simply saying oh stop being political when they criticize they are going to say it each and every time. you saw it today in the president. the president today in this news conference called these complaints about the lack of veracity on the part of the administration a side show. and what we have here is the white house and the state department unnamed people in the white house and the state department collaborated to mislead the american people and this went straight into the white house because the decision to excise all of the cia comments about this being an act of terrorism was made on a saturday morning in a white house meeting hosted
about possible overreach and political targeting. president obama blasting the agency for singling out conservative groups, and he says it's intolerable and inexcusable. he promises to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. today the attorney general will get grilled about these claims. let's get the latest from cnn's brianna keilar. >> reporter: the internal revenue service is facing a criminal investigation after a watchdog report found the agency targeted conservative groups starting in 2010. the agency's inspector general found the irs used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax exempt status, based upon their names or policy positions, instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. after reading the report tuesday night, president obama called the plan intolerable and inexcusable after promising action monday. >> people have to be held accountable, and it's got to be fixed. >> reporter: irs investigators said they acted on their own without help from outside groups. managers were ine
the scandals. now i want to shift to the irs investigating conservative groups. the question is, how far does this go. the white house now, president obama is now very outraged about it. there is a question about whether the outrage is a day late and dollar short. we have had hundreds of conservative organizations stymied to collect collections while the irs was perpetrating this scheme. so the bloomberg reporter asked president obama who in the white house knew about this hold on a second. i will pull up the exactly what she asked. can you assure the american people that nobody in the white house knew about the irs's actions before your counsel's office found out about the i.g. probe. let's hear what the president said. >> i can assure you that i certainly did not know anything about the i.g. report before the i.g. report had been leaked through press. >> megyn: then the associated press comes out with this headline. obama assures that he did not know about political targeting before reports became public. that is not what he assured? >> you did a nonresponsive answer. i'm going implied admi
dioxide emissions. how so? stay tuned. >>> first, here is my take. conservatives are, of course, mad at barack obama. we'll talk about the various scandals in a moment, but they're also mad at a country that isn't mad enough at him. this frustration is now taking over main stream and intelligent voices within the conservative movement and about broader issues than benghazi. brett stevens, the columnist for "wall street journal" lementes that president obama is not paying a price for a foreign policy that he, stevens, describes as isolationist. now, isolationism will come as a surprise to the diplomat soldiers and intelligence officers working on america's vast foreign policy. washington spends more on defense than the next ten great powers put together and more on intelligence than most nations spend on their entire militaries. we have more than 200,000 troops stationed at dozens of bases abroad from bahrain to germany to south korea to turkey. we have formal commitments to defend dozens of our important allies in europe, middle east and asia. and our vast footprint has been expanded
have to have confidence that they're applying in a nonpartisan way. >> that was president obama last hour reacting to the irs' admission after it was caught that it specifically targeted the tax status of conservative groups during the 2012 elections. but not just conservative groups. the news first broke on friday. we brought it to you here. we have since learned the irs' actions went much further than was originally first reported. an inspector general's report, they were working on this, examining the irs, and it was determined they had done some things. then came the sudden add milgs. they find this practice started back in early 2010 with the irs looking into tea party and patriot groups but that's not all. by june 2011, the list drastically expanded and now included groups that focused on government spending, government debt and taxes. if you're interested in one of those, your irs may have been targeting you for extra screening and scrutiny if you sought tax exempt status. lou dobbs is host of "lou dobbs tonight" on the fox business network. they wanted extra scrutiny and info
conservatives. she is now in charge of the tax office enforcing obama care. wendell goler is live at the white house. wendell let's start with today's hearing. >> everybody has condemned the actions of the i.r.s., but republicans and democrats disagree about whether they were politically motivated or poorly thought out. while republicans accuse the administration of targeting political foes the outgoing i.r.s. commissioner denied that and the treasury department inspector general mcchrystal said his investigation did find. republicans are astonished, they are concerned the i.r.s. will gather medical information. democrats tried to discount that. >> the i.r.s. can't access your medical files. is that true mr. miller? >> correct, sir. >> they cannot find out your private medical information. >> that's correct, sir. >> their job in obama care is simply to collect paid financial information on which a determination is made as to whether somebody can get a subsidy for their premiums, is that correct? >> with you are covered and over what period is what we would be getting. >> steven miller is the o
to bluntly point out that the obama administration is not transparent and covering up scandals and lying to the american people. and now with the white house caught in the middle of three separate scandals, benghazi, and irs targeting of conservative groups and the justice department illegal probe in the journal phone records, the rest of the media is starting to catch up including the pundits who praised the president. >> he's accountable for it and i am offended by. it it is not a political or conservative or liberal. it is trusting your government. >> the transparency thing is crumbling. >> the president held a press government and he did well. he had been listening to their conversation. >> and lot of american a dults the last time the government looked in phone calls of the reporters and using the irs for political purposes twas the nixon era. when the government wants to do good things, managerial confidence falls between david brent and a cat chasing a hasser pointer. but when government wants to flex muscles, (bleep) you are the iron man. >> this is not the nixon administration w
department targeting of conservative groups, sarah hall ingram now runs the irs office responsible for obama care. i asked kentucky senator rand paul if he is concerned about the latest revelation. >> it is so tragic if it was not humorous. it is hard for me to believe that most of us not only want people fired who a bows their power and really some should be imprisonned and instead they are promoted and in charge of our medical records under obama care. we are quite unhappy and really, i think the president hasn't gotten this. whether you are a republican or democrat or independent, no body wants a government so powerful that they can use that power to abuse their political oppons and so i think they will find really a lot of people are upset with this, not just republicans but a lot of people worry about a government that powerful. >> most democrats were incensed that the irs would beoused as a political . they are circling the wagons and said those organizations needed to be investigated and even in the hearings where stephen miller was before the house ways and means committee. demdeps a
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